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Are carbohydrates fattening? - The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

Are carbohydrates fattening? - The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Are carbohydrates really fattening?  This one question has generated much acrimonious debate over the years.  Some believe all that matters is the caloric content of food while others (yours truly,...
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don't ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors.
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Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them?

Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change makes crop diversity even more important, gene banks struggle to stay afloat.
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First head of state backs campaign to save the planet. — The Daily Climate

First head of state backs campaign to save the planet. — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

János Áder, the President of Hungary, has become the first head of state to join the Live Earth: Road to Paris campaign that aims to ensure world leaders agree to a binding deal on tackling climate change.

The specific aim is to get a billion signatures from concerned citizens before the UN climate change conference in Paris in December, but organisers are also keen to get as many politicians and celebrities as possible to back the campaign.

The Road to Paris campaign was launched in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by former US vice-president Al Gore, songwriter and recording artist Pharrell Williams, and the Emmy award-winning producer and new media entrepreneur, Kevin Wall.

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The Big Waste: Why Do We Throw Away So Much Food? by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360

The Big Waste: Why Do We Throw Away So Much Food? by Karim Chrobog: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A glaring paradox of the U.S. food system is that while no country produces food as efficiently, no country wastes as much. Every year, 30 to 40 percent of what is grown and raised in the United States is thrown away or rots between farms and kitchens. That’s a startling 133 billion pounds of food — more than enough to feed the 800 million people worldwide who face hunger every day.

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China's CO2 emissions have been plummeting lately. What's going on?

This is arguably the most important climate story in the world right now.
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Fracking to resume in Texas city that banned fracking after state steps in

DENTON, Texas — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. According to documents obtained through an open records...
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Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off

Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly…
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Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors

Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A new semiliquid battery developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has exhibited encouraging early results, encompassing many of the features desired in a state-of-the-art energy-storage device. In particular, the new battery has a working voltage similar to that of ...
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Our Crazy-Making Economy's Endgame: Festering Frustration Seeking An Outlet | Zero Hedge

Our Crazy-Making Economy's Endgame: Festering Frustration Seeking An Outlet | Zero Hedge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The consequence of policies that exacerbate injustice, inequality and double-bind demands is a madness that will find a social and economic outlet somewhere, sometime.
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Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0

Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Here at Peak Prosperity, we're continuously on the hunt for new models that offer promise for a better future. These tend to be models of stewardship and sustainability, which contrast starkly wit
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PICS - Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe

PICS - Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Talking Climate: Why Facts are not Enough - Katharine Hayhoe

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Information is the Antidote to Congressional Stupid

Information is the Antidote to Congressional Stupid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I'll apologize for posting the numbingly stupid lowlights of a recent congressional show-hearing which featured several of DC's most abysmally ignorant climate trolls expounding on the joys of carb...
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Saudi oil minister: 'Fossil fuels doomed, we're switching to solar'

 Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports.

"In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don't know when, in 2040, 2050... so we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy," Ali Al-Naimi told a business and climate conference in Paris, the news service reports.

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US lawmakers advance controversial science-policy bill

US lawmakers advance controversial science-policy bill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republicans in the House of Representatives seek to reshape research agenda.
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Oil industry pushing for carbon tax in Alberta

Oil industry pushing for carbon tax in Alberta | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alberta's largest oil and gas company wants Alberta to step up its environmental policy and introduce a carbon tax
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Fossil-Fuel Divestment Gains Momentum With Axa Selling Coal

Fossil-Fuel Divestment Gains Momentum With Axa Selling Coal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

France’s largest insurer will scrap holdings in coal companies because of concerns about climate change, broadening support for the fossil-fuel divestment movement to a major mainstream investor.

 

Axa SA Chief Executive Officer Henri de Castries said he’s working to sell 500 million euros ($559 million) of coal assets and triple “green investments” to 3 billion euros by 2020. He joined investors in Paris saying companies must act to contain global warming.

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Japan Pledges Climate Change Aid to Pacific Island Nations

TOKYO (AP): Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea level...
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Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2 — The Daily Climate

Findings cast doubt on plant benefits from rising CO2 — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Increasing aridity - driven in part by rising temps - makes Yellowstone grasslands less productive despite carbon dioxide's fertilizing benefits.
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Flooding Hits Oklahoma and Texas, With More Bad Weather on the Way

Flooding Hits Oklahoma and Texas, With More Bad Weather on the Way | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Flash floods forced more than 1,000 evacuations and numerous rescues across Oklahoma and Texas, as officials warned a "historic" deluge was still t...
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Shell chief insists Seattle is best offseason home for drilling rig

Shell chief insists Seattle is best offseason home for drilling rig | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shell’s Ann Pickard says an offshore oil find in the remote Chukchi Sea could eventually yield 1 million barrels of oil daily, and she insists the company has learned from its messy Arctic exploration effort in 2012.
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Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish

Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Millions of barrels of untapped oil that U.S. shale drillers discovered during the boom years are about to disappear from their inventories.

 

Six years ago, the industry pushed the Securities and Exchange Commission to make it easier for companies to claim proved reserves for wells that wouldn’t be drilled for years. Some prospects considered sure-things when crude was $95 a barrel are money losers at today’s $60. When crude crashed in 2008, 44 U.S. companies wiped 630 million barrels from their books.

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​Adieu to food waste: French govt forces supermarkets to donate to charity

​Adieu to food waste: French govt forces supermarkets to donate to charity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The French government has taken steps to minimize food waste, banning large supermarkets from destroying unsold products. They will instead be forced to donate the goods to charities or farms.
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This Is Your Body on Booze

This Is Your Body on Booze | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
See how alcohol affects your whole system as it travels through your brain, heart, muscles, and penis
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Why Climate Change Can't Be True (Even Though it is)

Why Climate Change Can't Be True (Even Though it is) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Thoughts from a Conservative, Evangelical Republican.
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Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity

Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Wind energy already accounts for about 5 percent of U.S. electricity generation, which crowned the nation as the global leader in wind production late last year. There is now more than 65 gigawatts (GW) of capacity in 39 states, but according to a new report for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), wind should easily have the potential to be installed in all 50 states. How can the industry accomplish this? Easy. Just follow Germany’s lead and install turbines with taller hub heights.
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